Customers, employees, and service users are becoming increasingly conscious of an establishment’s acoustic properties. Whether it be bad reverberation control, making it difficult to have a conversation in a busy bar or a restaurant, or a loud and distracting shopping centre, people care.
Acoustic Solutions For Commercial Buildings
Studies indicate that establishments with good acoustic properties have a higher level of customer satisfaction overall, with an increased spend per head.
Our commercial noise control products can transform any space. Our acoustic panel systems are easily customisable and can be resized and fitted into place with no need to modify existing walls and ceilings.
Rely on Sound Zero to turn a noisy establishment into a calm place where patrons will enjoy themselves and come back time and time again.
Supporting health, healing, and well-being is fundamental in any healthcare facility. Unwanted sound and bad acoustics will harm those at most risk, increasing heart rate, blood pressure, respiration rate, and even blood cholesterol levels.
How Do We Control Healthcare Acoustics?
Our specialist acousticians cover every aspect of healthcare, including environmental and building acoustics, room acoustics, and public areas.
We aim to control the sound transmission of sound between rooms, external sources (such as traffic), and the vibrations from equipment.
We understand the stressful circumstances that patients and family members find themselves in, which has led us to consider the acoustics in busy waiting areas, too.
Healthcare Building Acoustics Vary
Healthcare caters for a multitude of spaces, depending on the requirement of the individual setting.
These could be reception areas, hospital wards, consulting rooms, and operating theatres. Each setting requires a tailored consideration which focuses on confidentiality, safe working conditions, and infection control.
Our Class 0 products have been approved by the British Standardising Authority and have received total compliance in fire safety, mould resistance, and air erosion.
In a typical classroom, noise levels average around 65 decibels, which is the threshold for serious health damage, if long-term exposure occurs.
A school’s needs vary depending on factors such as classroom design and age of the building, but the requirements are very much the same. Providing an environment where students are given the best possible opportunity to flourish is a universally accepted priority.
How Can We Control Acoustics In Education
We begin by referring to Acoustic Design of Schools, which is located in Building Bulletin 93. The key considerations are:
- Insulation from external noise
- Sound insulation of the building envelope
- Sound insulation between rooms
- The design of the room for speech
- The design of the room for music
- Careful consideration for those with hearing impairment and other special educational needs (SEN)
Each project needs careful, tailored consideration. With that in mind, we’d love to learn more about your educational setting and how one of our experts can enhance your educational environment.
Retail environments can generate high levels of noise. In order for businesses to take into account the negative consequences that noise pollution has on people’s health or quality of life, a number of regulations have been put in place.
Statistics suggest that revenue in retail shops can increase by 5-10% if acoustics are optimised.
How Do We Improve Retail Acoustics?
To improve the acoustic comfort of retail space, whether in shopping centres or individual shops, we have a range of innovative solutions to increase sound absorption.
As with any project, we look at the cause of the problem. This could be due to several factors such as the size of the space as well as how many sound-reflective materials there are in the building.
Our Class ‘0’ products offer the versatility needed to create unique and impactful designs, whilst aiding acoustic comfort.
Pubs, Bars, and Restaurants
Hard, flat surfaces, such as tables, large plastered walls, and timber floors will contribute to a restaurant’s poor acoustics. These hard surfaces reflect sound, making it difficult to hold conversations. The result is you have to speak louder.
Unfortunately, everyone seems to have the same idea…
Problems With Restaurant, Bar and Pub Acoustics
A high emphasis is placed on the aesthetics of restaurants, bars, and pubs. This is essential in setting the right tone for your customers. You want them to feel calm, relaxed and ultimately, return time and time again. We understand that the décor has a big role to play in this.
When considering restaurant acoustics, you shouldn’t have to compromise on design.
How Do We Control Restaurant Acoustics?
With aesthetics being a high priority in these settings, we would initially look for ‘hidden acoustics’ which could lie under tables or behind artwork.
If more impactful measures need to be taken, we have a variety of modern, sleek and tasteful acoustic options, built to create a strong visual impact.
Sports halls, gymnasiums, and swimming pools are large, open spaces renowned for having bad acoustics. Let’s face it-they’re built to withstand years of use for a variety of purposes. Unfortunately, the acoustics were not considered when building these large, multi-use spaces.
For sports facilities to comply with acoustic performance standards, we offer a range of solutions aimed at improving the long reverberation times in sports facilities.
The Problem With Sports Facilities’ Acoustics
Sports halls have been built with durability and longevity in mind. As a result, they contain many hard, sound-reflective surfaces on the walls, ceilings, and floors.
Internal walls typically comprise of painted high-density blockwork, brickwork and timber cladding, the floors are mainly timber sprung to allow a variety of activities, and the ceilings are generally metal cladding, concrete or plasterboard.
Together, they create long reverberation times, decreasing speech intelligibility. The result? People tend to talk louder and louder, which further exacerbates the situation. As you can imagine, this makes for quite an unpleasant working environment for teachers, instructors, and other professionals.
How Do Sound Zero Control Sports Hall Acoustics?
Sound Zero offers a range of acoustic solutions built to withstand the impactful nature of sports and leisure facilities.
As with any project, we tailor our solutions based on the individual need and very much adopt a ‘one-size doesn’t fit all’ approach.
Talk to one of our experts today about how we can enhance your sports hall and leisure facilities’ acoustics.